Tran Van Nhut.
Interview with General Nhut.
Tran Van Nhut:
I think that the Paris Agreement
was a document with which the Americans inadvertently sold the
Vietnamese out to the Communists.
Concerning the stipulations of the Paris Agreement,
we realized that there were many things which were disadvantageous to
the Republic of Vietnam. First of all, concerning the
cease-fire-in-place the Communists claimed that they controlled the
population and territory everywhere. Therefore, cease-fire-in-place
meant that you allowed the Communist to lie inside your belly.
In 1954, when the Geneva Agreement was
signed, there was the decision to have the Communists withdraw to the
north. That is to say, you go back to where you come from. Those people
who wanted to have freedom should go to the south to live, below the
But this was not the case with the Paris Agreement.
The fact that the Agreement was signed in such a hurry was, in our
opinion, must have had something to do with the inauspicious situation
in the United States. Therefore, the American government had to rush
into signing. First of all, Mr. Nixon forced Mr. Thieu to sign that Agreement.
Secondly, the Vietnam War had dragged on for too long.
The Americans had always thought that they would win everywhere. For
example, they won the First and
Second World War. When they
arrived in Vietnam they thought that with the means and firepower in
their possession they would terminate the Vietnam War in no time. But
the Vietnam War was different from any other war in the world. The
American saw this was a Limited War.
Therefore, the Communists who knew of this knew that
the Americans would not dare to carry the war to the North or to
Communist China. So naturally
they went on fighting and creating problems for the South. The American
people, in the meantime, were quite opposed to the war in Vietnam. This
was because the war dragged on for a long time, too many had been
killed, and they were afraid to go into the army. Therefore, the
American government had to sign the Agreement hastily.